Fight For Children announced Nov. 17 its annual fundraising event Fight Night, which took place at the Washington Hilton on Nov. 10, drew 1,900 attendees and raised $5.1 million.
The event showcased a number of matches including the IBF/USBA Featherweight Championship bout between Daniel Franco and Derrick Murray, as well as a Muay Thai fight between Jovan Davis and Terrell Hobbs and a middleweight bout between Ernesto Berrospe and Isiah Seldon.
“Our success at Fight Night is a testament to Joe Robert’s vision,” Fight For Children’s Chief Operating Officer Keith Gordon said. “The overwhelming generosity from our partners and guests will provide thousands of at-risk children with an opportunity for a great education this year.”
Other highlights from the event included a series of live performances from musical guests Sheila E., Foreigner, America’s Got Talent’s Sal Valentinetti, Sugar Hill Gang, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, and Biz Markie.
Celebrity guests included actors Omar Millerand Donovan Carter from the HBO series Ballers, NHL Hall of Famer Mark Messier, Miss World America Audra Mari, Former NBA Players Isiah Thomas and Gheorghe Mureşan and ESPN host Michael Wilbon, among others.
Fight For Children works to improve the quality of early childhood education in Washington, D.C., so all children have the foundation necessary to succeed in third grade and beyond.